Pavlos Symeonides is a Partner practicing in the corporate and commercial department of the firm, having joined us as a trainee in 2003. He primarily practises in the areas of banking and secured financing, corporate and commercial law and cross border transactions, M&A and restructures.
Pavlos has considerable experience in banking and secured financing having advised numerous local and international banks and other financial institutions, syndicates of lenders as well as borrowers on several occasions in a number of multi-million financing transactions. Pavlos’ role in advising lenders is mainly focused on financing transactions in the fields of project development, real estate, infrastructure and shipping. His experience in this field spans over the drafting and/or review of loan and facility agreements, including syndicated ones, fixed and floating charges, mortgages over land, mortgages over vessels, corporate and personal guarantees, share pledge agreements, charges over bank account, assignment agreements and other security documents. He regularly issues capacity and enforceability legal opinions relating to financing transactions, carries out due diligence on borrowers and other obligors, reviews and collects the required corporate approvals, corporate documents and conditions precedent and advises on and undertakes the registration and release of charges and mortgages with the Registrar of Companies, the Land Registry and other authorities in Cyprus.
The quality of his work and expertise has retained several high-profile banks and international law firms over the years who regularly and repeatedly entrust their banking and finance work to him. Over the years, Pavlos has worked for, inter alia, Barclays, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, EBRD, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, RCB Bank.
In parallel, he often advises banks and other financial institutions on complex regulatory and compliance matters concerning banking regulation, corporate governance, new and existing banking products and payment solutions and insurance law.
Pavlos has often been recommended and highly appraised by Legal 500, Chambers Europe and other well-known directories for his work in Banking and Secured Financing.
One of Pavlos’s main areas of expertise is corporate and commercial law, where he regularly advises clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions, the setting up, management and restructuring of corporate entities. In this context, he is involved with the drafting, negotiation and the implementation of share purchase agreements, shareholders’ and joint venture agreements, the carrying out of legal due diligence reviews of companies, insolvency law matters and several other corporate and commercial law issues.
He acts as the firm’s main contact person for a number of high-profile clients, including well-known multinational groups, medium-sized entities and high net worth individuals and, assisted by a team of associates and paralegals, advises the said clients and their Cyprus structures on all of their corporate law, compliance and other requirements.
Pavlos’s clients in this area of practice come from a wide range of sectors, such as private equity, private wealth, banks, insurance & financial services and mining and metals.
Pavlos regularly advises clients on cross border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and complex restructurings of groups of companies and corporate entities. In this respect, he has assisted sellers, buyers and other parties with the drafting and/or review and implementation of agreements and other documents concerning the sale of shares, the sale of assets and liabilities, the dissolution of companies and the acquisition of their business by other entities, the merger of Cyprus entities and other related transactions.